What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a method of farming that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). Aquaponics creates a symbiotic environment between fish and plants. The aquatic life provides nutrients for the crops, and in return, the plants filter the water for the fish to prosper.
Benefits of the Aquaponics System
Aquaponics allows the vegetables to grow twice as fast compared to traditional soil gardens. The faster growth not only provides more nutrients with twice the produce, but also has long-term financial benefits in selling the surplus at local markets. The Aquaponics system also only uses 10% of the water traditional agriculture would use. The only water you need to replace is the water that has evaporated, or the water used to feed the fish.